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Old 10-26-2014, 05:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Prime Fall run on the Kankakee

The Kankakee river has set up perfectly and the smallies didnt disappoint!

Best results on the jointed Shad Rap in the classic K3 river color.

And a big shout-out to Creakyknees, who made the fine suggestion of the strike king or shutter rap. Got one on a white one.

No takers on the Rebel Craw. And also, didn't try plastics like the crawbugs today. Didn't seem like the day to do it.

The last pic shows the sea anchor I use on the kayak to keep the carrier pointed down stream. Probably 1000 extra casts without having to tend direction.

The Orvis crew were out in force, proving that chinese made clothes cant really help you catch fish. Ha ha ! Just kidding!
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Old 10-27-2014, 12:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Great to hear it worked out for you. .I had a fairly decent day. until I went to work.

Gorgeous day out there.
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Very nice! Always special when from a kayak.
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Fishing overall has been slow. While levels look better, along with clarity, this fall isn't the norm.
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Regarding clarity, one phenomenon I noticed was the water clarity as Rock Creek enters the river. It gets deeper than average there and surprisingly, I was able to see as much as 7 feet to the bottom of the river from in the kayak! This on the side of the river where the creek enters the river. Reminded me of how clear the water is in Canada. The rest of the river isn't that clear so I guess the Rock Creek water was quite clean and silt-free as it enters that point of the river.

One of the reason that stretch of river produces so well.


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Cat, does your sea anchor slow down your drift or just keep the nose pointed downstream? Sorta looks like a driftsock. Nice to see a river post!
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Nice bronze backs
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It actually does both, but mainly to keep the nose pointed downstream. In the parts of the river where the current is stronger, you can feel the tug.

The yellow rope connects to the rear of the sock and you use that to bring it in in case you want to move faster across the river.

I actually had it deployed while running through the strait at Willow Point where the current is strong and the waves are bigger. That was great because I then got to fish the edge of bluff as I passed by it. There's some good fish there, but you need to have control of the boat to fish it.

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